Health director, judge honored for work on outpatient psychiatric treatment |

Health director, judge honored for work on outpatient psychiatric treatment

The Health & Human Services Agency is pleased to announce that the California Psychiatric Association has awarded conjointly to Director of Health, Michael Heggarty and Presiding Judge Tom Anderson the 2014 CPA Ed Rudin Award, according to County CEO Rick Haffey’s weekly memo.

In 1990, Dr. Captane Thomson (husband of former Assemblywomen Helen Thomson) was instrumental in establishing the CPA’s Ed Rudin Award. Dr. Rudin (the spouse of another elected official, former Sacramento Mayor Ann Rudin) established the original CPA government relations effort in the 1970s followed by many years of effective state government relations advocacy by the CPA on behalf of patients and the profession of psychiatry. In Dr. Rudin’s memory, the CPA honors individuals for outstanding statewide policy contribution to bettering the lives and treatment of individuals with mental illness in California.

The CPA specifically listed the following reasons for bestowing this award to Mr. Heggarty:

“As the mental health director you established the first fully implemented California program for Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT, also known as Laura’s Law) and created a model program in Nevada County with strong positive outcomes that other California Counties seek to emulate;

“You have given generously and unstintingly of your time to educate and advise community advocates wishing to establish AOT in their own communities;

“You have hosted visits of behavioral health and other local officials of a large number of other counties who are exploring possible implementation of AOT;

“You have eloquently testified in California legislative hearings on behalf of Assisted Outpatient treatment, including at the request of the CPA for its sponsored AOT legislation; and

“You have given interviews with the media and spoken out publicly as a county mental health director to promote AOT throughout California.”

The CPA continued, “You understand the value of Laura’s Law as a vehicle for providing compassionate care to individuals too ill to comprehend their own need for treatment. Without you singular efforts, AOT implementation in California might have taken many more years to be where it is today. Instead, there is a burgeoning number of counties interested in and poised to implement AOT to benefit very ill patients. We honor you for helping show the way.”

Pavement maintenance to preserve county roads

A chip seal is a preventative pavement maintenance treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt emulsion (a mix of liquid asphalt, surfactant, and water) with one or more layers of fine aggregate.

The county utilizes chip seal treatments annually to preserve roads already in good condition by sealing out water and preventing cracks from forming through the underlying pavement. Chip seals are significantly cheaper to install than traditional pavement overlays, and when properly installed and maintained chip seals can last 7-10 years or more.

Chip seal work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 4th. Once the initial chip seal work is completed, County crews will sweep affected roads of remaining loose chips and apply a protective fog seal topcoat. The entire process will be completed by early September.

Temporary delays should be expected during the chip seal process. While roads may be driven shortly after work is complete, speeds should be kept slow when driving on freshly chip sealed roads. High speeds can cause newly applied chips to dislodge and fly and fresh asphalt to splatter. Bicycles and motorcyclists should also use extra caution due to loose chips. The roadways surface will improve over several weeks as the surface stabilizes, loose chips are swept away and the fog seal coat is applied.

County Public Works Maintenance staff will perform the chip seal work on approximately 17 miles of road that includes:

— McCourtney Road from Lime Kiln Road to Perimeter Road

— Perimeter Road from McCourtney Road to Cabrera Road

— La Barr Meadows Road from Highway 49 to Dog Bar Road

— Dog Bar Road from Wheeler Cross Road to Lorie Drive

— Wheeler Acres Road (all)

— Rattlesnake Road (all)

— Banner Mountain Trails from the end of existing pavement to Bandolier Way

— Birchville Road (all)

— Purdon Road from Tyler Foote Road to Murphy Road

Nevada County Exhibit wins silver at California State Fair

Nevada County’s Exhibit at the 2014 California State Fair has received a silver ribbon. Results of the judging were announced Friday, July 11.

This year’s County Exhibit’s theme is “From Our Land to Your Table.” Our exhibit features six panels, 3 ½ feet wide by 6 feet tall, each a collage of photos and descriptive text highlighting one of Nevada County’s unique agricultural assets. These are: Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food Sources, Ranching, Beekeeping, and Microbreweries and Wineries.

Nevada County’s exhibit was among 22 professionally built exhibits out of the 27 County participants. Direct expenses for Nevada County’s exhibit totaled just under $5,000, which was funded through the Nevada County Tourism marketing budget. This is a fraction of the budget expended by many of the competing exhibits. A number of Nevada County organizations and individuals contributed hours of volunteer time to help with developing the panels, as well as contributing valuable marketing collateral about our wonderful County to promote the area. The team, led by Lani Lott, the Economic Resource Council’s Tourism Manager, developed a design based on a sketch by Nevada City artist Richard Baker. The Real Graphic Source in Grass Valley completed the layout and production of the panels. Dianne Bennett of Fiddletown constructed the exhibit. Team volunteers included Janet Augstein, Jeri Amendola, Joan Clappier, Lynn Wilson, Robin Hauck and Roseanne Burke. In addition, over 60 community members signed up to volunteer at the State Fair and welcome visitors at our Exhibit.

This year’s State Fair runs through July 27. Fair officials anticipate over 700,000 visitors during the 16-day period. The County Exhibit will also be on display during the local Nevada County Fair, August 6-10, in the “AgSperience” area.

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